Gillian Triggs named Woman of the Year

In standing for the rights of asylum seekers and facing personal attack, Professor Gillian Triggs is Daily Life Woman of the Year for 2015.

Daily Life has announced Australian Human Rights Commission President Gillian Triggs is the 2015 Woman of the Year.

Her stand for the rights and welfare of refugees, particularly those in detention centres, in the face of "the bullying tactics of the Abbott government is truly admirable", said Daily Life editor Candice Chung.

“Professor Triggs has stood up for the most vulnerable members of our society and has done so with grace, leadership and dignity. Her courage in the face of strident personal and political attacks has struck a chord with many readers. ”

Daily Life’s Women of the Year presented by ANZ recognises and celebrates women who have taken a bold, public stand on the issues that matter most to Australian women. These aren’t only high profile faces, but also activists, scientists, journalists, business leaders and everyday citizens who have sparked social change in the past 12 months.

The overall winner was selected from 20 finalists by a panel of judges from Fairfax Media and ANZ. Nominees, including neurosurgeon Caroline Tan and lawyer Shen Narayanasamy, were assessed on how they have empowered other women, have been active or outspoken in the past 12 months, have used their influence or have led change.

"ANZ was proud to support the Women of the Year Award because they recognise the many talented women who are challenging systems and taking risks to influence change for the benefit of our community.  The breadth and depth of talent in this year’s finalists makes me feel very optimistic about the future and the positive impact women are having in shaping our future world,” said then ANZ Wealth chief executive Joyce Phillips, at the time.

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